The Race Across America, or RAAM, is a rare form of torture and possibly the toughest bicycle race in the world. Starting on the beach in Oceanside, California, RAAM spans 3000 miles, climbs 175,000 feet, crosses 12 states and finishes in Annapolis, Maryland. The event is challenged by both professional and amateur riders who compete solo or in 2-, 4- or 8-rider relay teams.
This year, four very well-known, former motocross champions are competing under the name Legends of the Road. The riders are David Bailey, Micky Dymond, Doug Henry, and Jeff Ward. While Micky and Jeff are competing on conventional bicycles, David and Doug are using Dan-Gurney-designed recumbent bikes that are propelled using the rider’s arms.
The race will finish later this week and you can track the Legends of the Road progress by clicking here. If you are close to where the riders will be passing, go cheer them on. A little encouragement goes a long way.